Evaluate the Claim That Person-Centred Therapy Offers the Therapist All That He/She Will Need to Treat Clients. Essay

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Evaluate the claim that Person-centred therapy offers the therapist all that he/she will need to treat clients. In this essay I am going to be exploring an approach to therapy called client led therapy that was devised by Humanistic Psychologist Carl Rogers in America in the 1950s. I will be looking at what client centred therapy actually is, Rogers beliefs about people and his theory, the strengths and weaknesses of this approach and my own personal perception of it as a whole. Client centred therapy is a method of Psychotherapy formed by Carl Rogers in which the client leads and controls the content and the sessions that they engage in with the therapist. The therapy is constantly non-directive on the therapist’s part, meaning that the therapist does not guide the client in any way, does not offer suggestion or advice and does not interpretations or diagnoses during the therapy. The therapist simply listens to the client and offers them a completely understanding, empathetic and accepting environment. Carl Rogers Believed that people had it within themselves the power to heal, grow and move towards finding the answers to their own problems within themselves, as long as they were presented with unconditional positive regard by the therapist. During the sessions with a client centred therapist, the therapist will listen and always try to understand the client’s point of view by being empathetic, picturing the world through the clients eyes, treating the client and all times with respect, regard and congruence. This therapeutic approach may sound simple, but as explained by Rogers in his book ‘client centred therapy’, he explains why it is not when he says ‘There has been a tendency to regard the non-directive or client-centred approach as something static – a method, a technique, a rather rigid system. Nothing could be further from the truth. The group of

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